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SINGLES AND DOUBLES COLLECTION: O - S
This is a work in progress. This OTRR Collection is a Non-Certified one, containing series in which currently only one or two episodes are known to exist -- hence the name: "Singles and Doubles Collection". Almost every type genre is included.
Radio -- called by some The Theater of the Mind -- has been with us since 1920 when stations WWJ of Detroit and KDKA of Pittsburg made the first regular commercial broadcasts. The first program aimed at entertaining the unseen audience followed close behind.
Over the years since then, literally thousands of series have been broadcast nationally and thousands more in regional or local markets. Some endured for a few years, others for 20 or 30, and some unfortunately only had one episode broadcast. Of those thousands, some series saw some of their episodes saved for the future, some saw nearly all and others only one or two episodes.
While the goal of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group is to preserve radios past by collecting, and archiving as many different series as possible and making them available to the community, we do not want to let the series that only had a minimum number of episodes to survive go unpreserved for future generations.
To that end we have put together this unique collection of series. Most of the programs you will find here will be totally unfamilar to you, but they are informative and entertaining none the less.
This is the second version of this collection that we have released. Since the first collection new broadcasts have surfaced, and others will undoubtely be found in the future. When and if that occurs, we will release a version three.
From comedy to drama to cooking shows to music, you'll hear it all here, and every episode will be unique and different. They run the gamut, from the middle 20s to the early 70s, all showing us a glimpse of the past, when things were slower and families gathered round the radio each evening. Times when each person was hearing the same thing, but created a different picture in their minds of what the characters looked like, the scenery, location, and most important the sounds. Sounds that each found a different meaning in, but one that entertained, educated, and made the world a smaller place, where you could hear those stories that in the past were told to just a few, gathered round the dinner table, at a campfire, or in small audiences, but now the whole world could hear and enjoy.
Some of these episodes may be misnamed or misdated. If you find such, please let us know. Additionally there may be some dead air space at the beginning or ending of some episodes. This is not one of our certified sets, it is being provided as a way to obtain those series in which only one or two shows have survived.
This page contains Series beginning with the letters O through S.
A text file containing a list of the MP3 files found on this page appears near the bottom of the page.
From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
April 22, 2014
Jane Endicott revealed! More to do...
Thanks for correcting the Jane Endicott "Girl Bites Dog" episode so that it no longer downloads the Walter Winchell Navy Relief program under Jane's name.
Now could someone do the same for the file named "42-01-05xxxBarronElliotandHisStardustMelodies" which is really the premiere of the Jane Endicott series?
It's in "Singles_And_Doubles_Singles_A-C"
June 22, 2012
Very nice addition
Thanks for contributing this eclectic collection. Nice to put on and listen to a great variety of programming.
June 18, 2012
SHOWTIME = THE RAILROAD HOUR
What a great collection.
However, please note that SHOWTIME is not a rare series: it's just an Armed Forces Radio Service repeat of THE RAILROAD HOUR (retitled by AFRS to remove the sponsor reference).
March 25, 2012
Under O's, 41-12-07 (xxxx) Captain Flagg And Sergeant Quirt.mp3 was Over Our Coffee Cups (same date)
45-01-28 Open House - Nylon Stockings.mp3 s/b dated 46-01-28. This is based on news items mentioned in the show and confirmed through newspaper articles in the NYT.
47-02-28 (xxxx) Date Night.mp3 was Out of This World (same date)
39-09-21 (xxxx) Americans At Work.mp3 was The Parker Family (same date)
42-01-07 (xxxx) Jane Endicott, Reporter - Girl Bites Dog.mp3 was Navy Relief 42-01-07 Promotion for Navy Relief Society.mp3
49-12-31epxxxxPalacePersonalities.mp3 - at least 3 are available in mp3
46-12-25 (xxxx) Purple Heart Album - First Song - Santa Claus Is Com.mp3 was Christmas in America (same date) (date may be from 1947)
48-12-29 (xxxx) Mr Chameleon - The Perfect Maid Murder Case.mp3 was Poole's Parlor (same date)
47-01-14 (xxxx) Virginia Marvin (Audition).mp3 was P.A.L. Show (47-01-04)
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) Pet Milk Cookbook.mp3 was Mary L. Taylor 39-09-21
44-07-10 (xxxx) Paul Winchell And Jerry Mahone.mp3 Mahone s/b Mahoney
46-04-27 (xxxx) Shriner Special.mp3 was Phone Again, Finnegan (same date)
8-05-31 (xxxx) Say It With Words - In Your Hat.mp3 was Recital in Swingtime (same date)
38-11-20 (xxxx) Song Search.mp3 was Ray Kinney and his Native Hawaiians 38-11-20 Live from the Hawaiian Room (same date)
40-09-29 (xxxx) Emergency Funds Appeal .mp3 was Columbia Square Presentation - Presentation of Bronze Tablet (same date)
45-11-22 (xxxx) Americans at Thanksgiving.mp3 was Raising a Husband (same date)
46-06-26 (xxxx) Fourth Estate - The Tip-Off.mp3 was Rosemary (same date)
46-07-14 (xxxx) Harvest Of Stars - Moby Dick.mp3 was Ronny Mansfield - What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life 45-07-14 (announces Saturday)
46-07-18 (xxxx) Ronnie Mansfield - My Pet Brunette (ending clipped).mp3 was Ronny Mansfield 45-07-18 (announces Wednesday) (spelling used in LA Times radio listings)
46-12-30 (xxxx) Bob Gadbury and The News.mp3 was Reveille Roundup - The Rain in Rio (same date)
47-06-17 (xxxx) Special Investigator - The Fake Diploma Mill.mp3 was Raymond Paige Show - No Respect For a Lady (48-09-10) (date from NYT radio listing)
48-03-15 (xxxx) Henry J Taylor - Rattlesnake.mp3 was Renfrew of the Mounted (date uncertain)
48-04-27 (xxxx) Joseph Enos.mp3 was Roger Kilgore, Public Defender - George Brown (same date)
xx-xx-xx (0128) Roger Gale.mp3 s/b called In The Air with Roger Gale
xx-xx-xx (0129) Roger Gale (2).mp3 s/b called In The Air with Roger Gale
42-07-05 (xxxx) Star Spangled Vaudeville.mp3 was Homage to George Gershwin 42-07-04
42-10-09 (xxxx) Stump The Experts.mp3 was Information Please (same date) with Gregory Ratoff (many available)
44-01-18 (xxxx) Star For A Night.mp3 s/b dated 44-01-19
44-11-26 (xxxx) Stop or Go (1).mp3 was Music in the Foster Fashion (same date)
45-04-15 (xxxx) Sunday Serenade.mp3 at least 10 available in mp3
45-09-16 (xxxx) Smoke Dreams.mp3 was Musical Autographs (same date)
46-04-27 (xxxx) Shriner Special.mp3 was Three Hundred Party (same date)
46-09-24 (xxxx) Stories Of The Bible.mp3 s/b Story of the Bible
47-06-27 (xxxx) Story for Tonight - Miracle Man (1).mp3 was San Francisco Unlimited (same date)
47-xx-xx (xxxx) Special Investigator - The Fake Diplomia Mill.mp3 - Diploma is misspelled
Sports Answer Man - at least 3 available
49-10-26 (xxxx) Steve Allen Show - Guest - Al Jolson.mp3 s/b 49-10-19 Date confirmed via article in L.A. Times re Al Jolson's movie premiere
50-02-18 (xxxx) Saturday at the Shamrock - Guests - Chico, Harpo Mar.mp3 - at least 6 available in mp3
Saturday Night Sing Along is from a record album
51-08-21 (xxxx) Strike It Rich.mp3 - at least 3 available in mp3
Under the S's, 54-07-26 (0058) Don Gray, Marine Investigator #1.mp3 was San Francisco Final
55-xx-xx (0042) Strange - Phantom Wagoneer.mp3 - at least 8 available in mp3
xx-xx-xx (0002) Schooner Conquest - Island Emeralds (2).mp3 was a duplicate of Singles & Doubles Collection xx-xx-xx (0001) Schooner Conquest - Island Emeralds (2).mp3
xx-xx-xx (0052) Stars And Stripes Forever - The Spirt of Saint Louis.mp3 - Spirit is misspelled
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) Silver Eagle, The - Decoy for Death.mp3 is a duplicate of Singles & Doubles Collection 54-07-20 (xxxx) Silver Eagle - Decoy For Death (2).mp3
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) Star Spangled Theater - The Gypsy's Hand (2).mp3 - at least 3 available in mp3. Should be dated 41-08-03.
xx-xx-xx (xxxx) Stars On Parade - It pays to Adventise.mp3 - Advertise is misspelled. s/b dated 51-08-17 At least 8 available
May 15, 2008
The Purple Heart Album error addendum
This show this was mistaken for (Proctor & Gamble's Christmas Day In America) was mentioned in this episode of Truth Or Consequences as part of a contest they were running...
so it can't be earlier than 47-12-25...
Still...if someone has the actual Purple Album file...please feel free to include it in the archives...